Senior Times -- May 2017

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May 2017

Volume 5 • Issue 4

Funeral home finishes remodel Einan’s at Sunset planning Memorial Day weekend events BY KRISTINA LORD

Trios Health cuts staff, considers bankruptcy

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Q&A: What’s your favorite thing to do in the Tri-Cities?

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The staff at Einan’s at Sunset in Richland already know how difficult it is for family members to visit a funeral home after the death of a loved one. And they’ve taken care to improve the experience with a recent $2 million remodel. They’ll celebrate the completion of the project Memorial Day weekend with tours of the facility that include a display of a replica of President Abraham Lincoln’s coffin, refreshments and music. The renovations added about 6,000 square feet to the 9,000-square-foot Richland funeral home off the bypass highway. The rooms where staff meet with grieving families to make funeral arrangements have been remodeled to create a “living room” feel, said Holley Sowards, who manages the operations of Einan’s at Sunset funeral home. The three rooms — there used to be two — feature tasteful light fixtures, homey décor provided by It’s All in the Details store in Kennewick and snacks, and the rooms’ large windows showcase the sweeping views of the cemetery grounds. A large TV screen allows family members to view casket and urn styles since more people are accustomed to online shopping, Sowards said. “When it’s on the screen, it’s not as uncomfortable,” she said. Sowards said it was important to her team to create a space that wasn’t too “stuffy” and “old looking,” and “well, like a funeral home.” uEINAN’S, Page 7

Thirty-two members of the Fun, Fit & Over Fifty Club pose for a photo after a recent hike up Badger Mountain. The club, which started in 2003, provides monthly outings to members that include walks, hikes, bike rides and water and camping excursions, as well as social and intellectual activities. The club boasts 350 members who pay annual dues of $15.

Fun, Fit & Over Fifty Club members enjoy fresh air with their friendships BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

In 2011, Anne Nolan and her husband were getting ready to retire from their jobs out at the Hanford area. There was a real fear of what would happen next, she said. What would they do with their big chunk of free time? And with whom? Then she found the Fun, Fit & Over Fifty Club. “The majority of our socializing had been with people at work,” Nolan said.

“That doesn’t happen after you retire. I stumbled across this group on the internet. We first attended one of their happy hours. Neither one of us is overly athletic.” The Nolans were so smitten with the club that they immediately joined, and today Anne Nolan is the club’s president. She oversees a club roster of 350 people. “We try to have a lot of different activities,” she said. “Basically, it’s to provide a resource for seniors to be active, and to be social.” uCLUB, Page 2

More seniors relying on Social Security as main income Study cites increase in seniors using it as primary income as they age BY ROBIN WOJTANIK for Senior Times

Terry Chick is among a growing percentage of Baby Boomers who rely on a Social Security check every month as a main source of income. But it’s not a position he expected to be in after decades of full-time work. “I’ve never been to a financial planner,” he said. Chick’s face may be familiar to TriCity residents after years working as a

TV anchor, completing a career with stints at CNN, FOX Sports Network and Sports News Network. Yet despite making $165,000 at his highest point, Chick admitted his life choices left him without a substantial retirement savings and he began drawing Social Security when he was first eligible, at age 62. As the self-proclaimed “Cheapest Man in the Tri-Cities,” Chick, 63, of Kennewick, takes pride in saving more than he spends. “Don’t call me frugal. Call me cheap,” he quipped. uSOCIAL SECURITY, Page 9


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CLUB, From page 1 Excellent physical fitness isn’t required. There’s plenty of fun to be had with the social aspect of the club, said Beccy Chiaramonte, a hiking leader who joined the club almost 10 years ago. “The social aspect is very important,” Chiaramonte said. “Once you retire, you leave your work family you’ve been with for 25, maybe 30 years. Every community should have a club like this.” Nolan said the club began in 2003. A group of Richland senior citizens, through the city of Richland, would go on hikes and walks and the city used a van to transport them. But that model of van had safety issues, and the city couldn’t drive the seniors anymore, Nolan said. That’s when a group of about 30 to 40 people decided to do these activities on their own and the club was born. It’s grown large since then and has added numerous activities. The Fun, Fit & Over Fifty Club aims to “bring together adults over 50 years of age and promote their physical, intellectual and social health,” according to its website. “The club provides educational activities, outdoor recreation and social activities for mature adults. It inspires better health and sense of self-worth, and emphasizes fun. The club aspires to be an asset to the community and generations who follow,” according to the group’s mission statement. Club members believe in community involvement and being good citizens. For instance, the group recently picked up litter along a couple of miles along Van Giesen Street in West Richland. The group has a chairperson overseeing several different categories, that include: foot sports and winter sports (such as hiking, walking, skiing, snowshoeing); wheel sports (road and mountain biking); water sports (canoeing, kayaking, rafting, boating and sailing); ball sports (tennis and bocce ball); social and intellectual (book discussions, healthy food, presentations, social gatherings and outings); camping trips (RVing, camping and fishing); and travel (local, regional and international trips). Most events happen on weekdays. Rarely does an event occur on a Saturday or Sunday, unless it’s a camping trip or a travel excursion. uCLUB, Page 12

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Trios Health cuts staff, considers bankruptcy, mergers in wake of financial crisis and breadth of our services. I need to patient access, patient financial servic25 employees lost their jobs April 1 be very clear here: we will not cut cor- es, pharmacy, therapy services and ners when providing quality patient volunteers. and more cuts are expected BY KRISTINA LORD

About 25 Trios Health employees have lost their jobs as Kennewick’s public hospital district grapples to fix a financial crisis. The series of layoffs that took effect April 1 are expected to save more than $2 million. But facing net losses of more than $29 million since 2013, including about $17 million last year, as well as a crushing debt load that’s crippling cash availability, Trios has more difficult choices ahead. “Trios Health has been in financial distress for some time,” said Interim CEO Craig Cudworth, who arrived in Kennewick on Feb. 1 to lead the turnaround project. In January, longtime CEO Glen Marshall announced his retirement, effective June 30. To address the problems, the Kennewick Public Hospital District board last year hired Quorum Health Resources, a Tennessee-based management consultant firm, to review Trios’ financial health. The $395,000 contract with Quorum is for one year, and there is an option to renew another one to two years. Cudworth, an employee of Quorum, is not compensated directly by Trios Health, but rather from the fees paid to Quorum. He is earning $250,000 a year, plus payment of reasonable expenses and two trips home to Vir-

ginia a month. What Quorum’s ensuing 400-page report showed was clear: “Trios would not be viable unless we made some significant and difficult changes,” Cudworth said. The report recommended the elimination of 115 full-time equivalent, or FTE, jobs. With Trios’ work force restructuring, the layoffs eliminated 95 FTEs within the Craig Cudworth hospital and clinic groups. The reductions were realized through attrition, or not rehiring positions when possible, changes to shift scheduling and hours worked, voluntary layoffs and layoffs. Of the 95 FTEs, 21.8 FTEs, or 23 percent, were involuntary layoffs. Trios has a total of about 925 FTEs. An FTE equals 2,080 hours worked in a calendar year. The cuts to the remaining 20 FTEs to reach Quorum’s suggested reduction of 115 FTEs are expected to be made over the next several months through additional attrition, hourly adjustments relative to patient volumes/need, and additional opportunities identified by employees. “We can be more efficient in providing care while preserving the quality

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care and we will not cut corners when it comes to providing for the wellbeing of our patients and also our staff,” Cudworth said. Nevertheless, the layoffs were difficult, Cudworth said. “There’s nothing easy about this kind of work. There’s nothing good about this kind of work. It hurts. It is, however, necessary,” he said. No patient services have been discontinued as a result of work force restructuring. Positions affected range from management and supervisory roles to nursing, technician and clerical jobs. “Our employees are sad, fearful and some may be angry. We all feel this on a personal level. These are our friends, our neighbors and sometimes even our family members. One thing we can agree on is we want to stay here to serve the Tri-Cities for decades to come and to do that we must make some changes,” he said. Affected hospital departments include ambulatory care unit/pre-operative services, central sterile, clinical engineering, foundation, health information management, laboratory, materials management, nutrition services,

Affected areas within the Trios Medical Group include administration, medical staff services, oncology, pediatrics, physician recruitment, primary care, sleep center, urgent care and women’s health. So how did Trios get to this point? The Quorum report points to four areas adversely affecting performance: debt, aggressive market competition, provider productivity and work force efficiency. Trios is making $1.2 million a month in lease payments and has less than two days of cash on hand, when the industry standard is 120 days, according to Trios officials. The $1.2 million per month is for the 30-year lease for the new hospital and Trios Care Center at Southridge. Trios leases the hospital from Wisconsinbased C.D. Smith for about $800,000 per month. Trios has been in default of those payments since Jan. 1. The care center was financed via a separate lease with a payment of $390,000 per month. The lease holder is Physicians Realty Trust, also based in Wisconsin. Trios has no obligation to buy the facility after the lease term. uTRIOS, Page 8


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• Spring Plant Sale, benefiting WSU Extension Master Gardener Program: Noon – 6 p.m., Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Visit ext100. Free event. • Cinco de Mayo Evening Parade: 7 p.m., downtown Pasco. Visit Free event.


• Spring Plant Sale, benefiting WSU Extension Master Gardener Program: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Visit ext100. Free event. • Wildflower Walk, hosted by Friends of Badger Mountain: 10 a.m. – noon, Sagebrush Trail, Trailhead Park at Badger Mountain, Richland. Contact: Free event. • Cinco de Mayo Celebration: noon - 9 p.m., downtown Pasco. Visit Free event. • Animation Sensation, presented by Forte! Tri-City Youth Choir: 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Kennewick High School Auditorium, 500 S. Dayton St., Kennewick. Tickets

• Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale Spring Concert: 3 p.m., Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. Contact Free event. • Asparagus Fest and Brews: 5 – 10 p.m., Middleton Farms, 1050 Pasco-Kahlotus Road, Pasco.


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• Tri-City Genealogical Society Meeting: 7 p.m., Benton County PUD, 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Contact tricitygenealogicalsociety. org. Free event.


• Unmasking the Imposters, presented by AARP: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP 877-926-8300. Free event. • Vietnam Traveling Wall Opening Event: 1 p.m., City View Cemetery, 1300 N. Oregon Ave., Pasco. Contact 509-545-3456. Free event.


• Memorial Day service: 9 a.m., Riverview Heights Cemetery, 1200 S. Olympia St., Kennewick and 9 a.m., Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 1401 S. Union St., Kennewick. Free event.


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Senior Times • May 2017 uBRIEFS National parks fee bumps up to $80 by year end

The cost of a lifetime senior pass for admission to the national parks for those age 62 and older is expected to increase to $80. It’s been $10 since 1994. Seniors will have the option to buy an annual pass for $20, which they can later apply to the cost of a lifetime pass if they so choose. For more information visit

AARP Smart Driver courses set for May, June

AARP will offer multiple Smart Driver courses throughout the region during the next month. Here’s the schedule: • 9 a.m. Monday, May 15: Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Call 509-942-7529 to register. • 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 16: Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Call 509-942-7529 to register. • 1 p.m. Monday, May 22: Walla Walla General Hospital, 1025 S. Second Ave., Walla Walla. Call 509522-2424 to register. • 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 23: Walla Walla General Hospital, 1025 S. Second Ave., Walla Walla. Call 509-

522-2424 to register. • 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 6: Pasco City Hall Activity Center, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. Call 509-545-3459 to register. • 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 7: Pasco City Hall Activity Center, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. Call 509-545-3459 to register. Cost is $20. There is a $5 discount for AARP members. Participants are encouraged to check with their car insurance agent for details about a discount that may be available for taking the course. For more information or to find more courses, visit or call 888-227-7669.

Genealogical meeting to explore coroner records

The Tri-City Genealogical Society’s meeting on Wednesday, May 24 will focus on the types of calls coroners respond to, how they do their jobs and what kinds of coroner records are available. A basic genealogical class about death records is from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. in the Benton PUD Auditorium in Kennewick. At 7 p.m. John Hansens, Benton County coroner, will present. Call 509-943-9322 or visit for more information.

Old Fashioned Day in the Park set for June 3

Old Fashioned Day in the Park and Daughters of the Pioneers picnic, a family event, is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at Sacagawea State Park in Pasco. Big Top the Clown, Doris Bird Lady and members from Pasco police and fire departments are among the presenters. The event is free to attend and no Discover pass is required. Kennewick Lions will sell food, and participants are asked to bring a dish. Call 509-547-4515 for more information.

Trios Health mammography moves to Southridge

Trios Health’s mammography service is now operating at its new location at the Trios Care Center at Southridge, located at 3730 Plaza Way in Kennewick. No scheduled appointments at the service’s old location on Young Street were affected by the move.

Volunteers sought for Rebuilding Day

Rebuilding Mid-Columbia is hosting Rebuilding Day Saturday, May 20. Volunteers will perform home repairs and landscaping services to low-income families. Call 509-788-


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Meals on Wheels receives community support

Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels, a program of Senior Life Resources Northwest, recently received local grants to better serve seniors and those with disabilities. Grants include: $21,869 from United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties; $16,189 from McCurley Subaru; $12,000 from CG Public House; $4,960 from Kadlec Foundation; and $5,000 from Wildhorse Foundation. Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels provided more than 173,000 meals to seniors in Benton and Franklin counties during 2016. Visit for more information.

Mid-Columbia Libraries accepts food for fines

Mid-Columbia Libraries’ Food for Fines drive runs through May 31 at all branches. Patrons are invited to pay their fines by donating non-perishable food items that will be donated to local food banks. Each item counts as $1 toward overdue fines, up to $10 per customer account. Learn more at


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Senior Times • May 2017 EINAN’S, From page 1 and increased controlled-temperature “We started dreaming and we storage capacity. dreamt really big,” she said of the “We care about the community we plans to modernize, expand and serve — therefore when you come to improve the 50-year-old building. Einan’s at Sunset, you are more than In 2015, Einan’s at Sunset began a business transaction. We treat your the remodeling project to create a family like our family,” Sowards whole new look for the two-story said. facility. “Our new look is modern, bright Memorial Day and warm. The atmosphere is uplift- weekend events ing, restorative and centered on posiA ribbon-cutting ceremony to celtive messages of hope. Einan’s gives ebrate the remodel is planned Friday, you the freedom to create meaningful May 26. experiences as you say goodbye to The funeral home open house and your loved one. We are a full-service self-guided tours are from 10 a.m. to funeral establishment, well equipped 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28 to Monday, to handle all your needs,” said Mike May 29. Grace, president of Einan’s at Sunset A replica of the coffin in which Funeral Home Board. Lincoln is buried is on display from 3 Sowards agreed: “If you can dream to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25 and it, we can do it. It’s part of the culture Friday, May 26; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. here. We strongly believe in shatter- Saturday, May 27, Sunday, May 28 ing expectations. Going above and and Monday, May 29. beyond is more The coffin is one than something we of five replicas strive for. It’s part made 10 years ago “We treat your of our Einan’s by the Batesville family like our DNA.” Casket Company of During the confamily.” Indiana. Four of struction period, them travel the Einan’s at Sunset - Holley Sowards, country and the staff worked hard operations manager at fifth is on permato minimize the Einan’s at Sunset nent display at the impact on famiAbraham Lincoln lies. Presidential Library “We’ve served more than 1,000 and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. families throughout the entire project The coffin was built using a 1865 and they were all very supportive and photograph of Lincoln lying in state. understanding and patient with us. On Memorial Day, free festivities We had no complaints from anyone. will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Having that community support, a barbecue, Memorial Day program, along with dedicated hard-working military vehicle display, live music, staff, is pretty much the only way we funeral home tours and Lincoln cofgot through it,” Sowards said. fin display. The chapel lobby also was reconThe Memorial Day program begins figured and new furniture and décor at 11 a.m. at Swan Lake on Sunset added. Lobby walls feature photogra- Garden grounds. The steeldrum band phy from John Clement, a Tri-City Bram Bratá performs from noon to photographer known for his scenic 1:30 p.m. landscapes of the region. Einan’s at Sunset is at 915 Bypass The chapel was expanded and its Highway in Richland. For more orientation changed so visitors can information, call 509-943-1114. look out toward Rattlesnake Mountain through new windows that let in a lot of natural light. An adjacent reception area and catering kitchen also provide a better way to serve food after services, Sowards said. Staff offices were moved closer together to foster better collaboration and more were added to accommodate future growth. The rest rooms also were renovated. The funeral home’s behind-thescenes rooms also saw significant improvements that include a new crematory with witness cremation options, new mechanical lifts to make it safer for staff to move the deceased, a renovated preparation room for embalming procedures and to ready loved ones for viewings and services,


Einan’s at Sunset spent $2 million over two years to modernize, expand and improve the 50-year-old funeral home in Richland. They’ll celebrate the completion of the project Memorial Day weekend with tours of the facility that include a display of a replica of President Abraham Lincoln’s coffin, refreshments and music. Einan’s at Sunset staff pictured from left are: Dwight Cushman, Angie DaValle, Holley Sowards, Mike Dotson, Jane Cushman, Alicia Davisson and Ron Swanson. (Courtesy Mitch Lewis, Focal Point Marketing)

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TRIOS, From page 3 A meeting is planned with C.D. Smith and Trios’ other major lease holders in the near future to work on forbearance. Cudworth called it a “perfect storm” with no one single person or thing responsible. To address the financial crisis, changes currently in the works include negotiating acquisition/merger offers from four different organizations. Signed confidentiality agreements with the companies means Trios can’t comment on who they are, Cudworth said. Trios has assembled a merger/ acquisition steering committee to pursue this. Filing for bankruptcy also is another real possibility, Cudworth said. The Quorum report said the financial crisis followed the construction of the new hospital and care center. The original hospital opened in 1952. More than 65 percent of hospital district voters rejected a 2007 proposal to build a new hospital. Trios maintains the facility is “much needed” in the community. “The Quorum report concluded that our operations were not sustainable

without significant financial and operational adjustments,” said Marv Kinney, hospital district board president, in a statement. “We are actively course correcting as it is our intention to continue to serve the Tri-Cities.” Trios also is pursuing a $150 million loan from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to restructure its debt, but first must show six to nine months of financial improvement. “This is an extreme situation for a very important community asset. The board has taken what I think is a courageous view in saying this is a problem and how do we fix it. We start with understanding where we are and where we need to go and how we get through,” Cudworth said. Trios Health is the hospital district’s system of care which operates two hospitals: Trios Women’s and Children’s Hospital at its downtown Kennewick location and at Southridge. Trios Medical Group, with nearly 100 employed physicians and providers, includes practices and services at eight Care Centers and three Urgent Care Centers.

Trios temporarily closes Kennewick urgent care

The Trios Urgent Care Center at 3000 W. Kennewick Ave. closed April 9 to address intermittent staffing challenges there. Trios officials say the closure is unrelated to Trios Health’s current efforts to restore the organization to financial health. Over the past several months, this location has been without provider coverage sporadically due to illness and other absences, and could not accept patients during what would otherwise be normal business hours, according to a release. The temporary closure is intended to help avoid any further unforeseen inconveniences to patients, as well as curb inefficiencies in facility operations as Trios continues recruiting efforts for additional providers at

multiple urgent care locations. “The timing of our staffing and recruiting challenges for urgent care services is unfortunate,” said Lorie Orozco, operations director for Trios Medical Group, in a release. “But at the end of the day we decided that it was in the best interest of our patients that we temporarily consolidate our urgent care operations while we continue on with provider recruitment. This is not a permanent closure nor elimination of services.” Current providers at Trios Urgent Care Center—Central Kennewick, Dr. Sergio Flores and Susan Harp, ARNP, temporarily moved to the Trios Urgent Care Center—Columbia Center, at 7201 W. Grandridge Blvd., Suite 100 in Kennewick.

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Senior Times • May 2017 SOCIAL SECURITY, From page 1 He said he has no regrets about his financial decisions and said his Social Security checks, which average $2,000 a month, are enough to cover his basic expenses with enough left over to play golf. To estimate the number of Americans in a similar situation, The Blackstone Group, an independent research firm, conducted a research study that examined the number of Baby Boomers relying on Social Security for their retirement income. Using online responses from 1,000 middle-income Americans ages 52 to 70, it found 38 percent of those surveyed planned to use Social Security as their primary source of income as they age. This is up from 30 percent of those surveyed prior to the financial crisis in 2008. A Tri-City financial planner reported he is seeing similar decisions made locally. Kevin Gunn of Pacific Crest Planning in Kennewick said many TriCitians were expecting to have a pension in the same way their parents did. This includes many current and former Hanford employees. But most companies stopped offering pensions in the mid-90s and not everyone took stock of whether they would have enough money to live on by the time they hit retirement age. Some Boomers began to contribute to a 401K or IRA, only to be rocked by the 2008 financial crisis, and subsequently pulled their money out of the markets, never to re-invest. Gunn said he’s confident most long-term investments would have recovered by now, if given the chance. But in his practice today, he finds Baby Boomers are “a lot less aggressive” with their investments. “Twenty years ago, people had money they could afford to lose,” said Gunn, adding that clients knew they might need to lose money to make money in the long run. He said he finds this isn’t the case today, when most Boomer clients behave more conservatively with their savings. As a result, Gunn has found people aren’t living as comfortably as they would like. He said he hears more from people who believe it was easier to retire 20 years ago and would likely have paid off their home before doing so. Now, “they are willing to do without,” he said. This includes Chick, who was willing to walk away from his savings to create an amicable divorce before moving to Eastern Washington. “I arrived in the Tri-Cities with $5,000 and what I could fit behind a Chrysler Sebring,” he said. Chick faced a series of devastating blows that altered the course of his

retirement plans. His fiancée died in 2014 from an undisclosed blood clot to her heart and he lost his job after a DUI arrest the following year. “I should have followed the advice I gave my kids years ago: there’s no cab ride that costs as much as a DUI. Lawyer fees, court fees and then subsequent interlock ignition for five years all add up to about $16,000. Heck, I could’ve bought my own cab for that,” he said. Chick decided it was best to retire rather than seek new employment. He wanted to remain in the TriCities and has aligned his expenses to allow him to do so, continuing to drive a 17-year-old car and performing his own vehicle repairs, when possible. Chick remembered reporting on the limited effect the 2008 financial crisis had on the Tri-Cities. And Gunn agreed, saying, “It was more of a mental game to people.” Despite government contracts remaining in place, or increasing, Gunn found people read the national headlines on home values crashing or job losses and were easily spooked. As a result, he has seen many Boomers choosing to work longer and deferring their ability to take Social Security beginning at age 62. Gunn said those who are drawing on Social Security at 62, “have had an issue” with their finances and were forced to rely on a program originally designed to be a safety net.


Terry Chick, who relies on Social Security for his income, mows his own lawn at his Kennewick home to save money. He’s one of a growing number of senior citizens nationwide relying on Social Security as their primary source of income.

As a result of the crisis, Gunn and his colleagues are working harder on education when speaking to clients about their investments. They’re spending more time than they used to show people the statistics and data behind potential investments, hoping to reduce the fear of risk-taking when investing in the market. The Blackstone Group study also found two-thirds of middle-income Boomers surveyed do not feel they have personally benefitted from any economic recovery. Gunn isn’t willing to place the blame solely at the feet of the economy. He cited “poor choices” as a large part of

the reason why more people are finding themselves without retirement savings, Gunn believes many Boomers, unlike their parents, are unwilling to delay gratification and are more likely to spend income that could be put away for retirement. Additionally, the average life span for an American is longer than when Social Security was first designed, and people are often relying on a system that wasn’t intended to support them for 10, 20 or even 30 years. All hope is not lost for Boomers who find themselves solely reliant on Social Security as a primary source of income. uSOCIAL SECURITY, Page 10


Senior Times • May 2017 SOCIAL SECURITY, From page 9 Gunn said a reverse mortgage is not the “dirty word” it used to be. A reverse mortgage uses a home’s equity as collateral to provide cash to the borrower without a monthly mortgage payment, turning a person’s home into a source of income. They are offered to those eligible to withdraw Social Security. In the past, reverse mortgages were unpopular due to their high fees and interest rates, as well as the likelihood a borrower’s heirs would not inherit the property upon the borrower’s death. But Gunn said these programs have changed for the better, and there are now ways to use a reverse mortgage to your favor. Today’s reverse mortgages offer the chance to use the equity acquired over the years, which is often the main reason for buying a house in the first place. Following the financial crisis, borrowers are finding it’s more difficult to draw on the equity without a source of income. Adjustments to the reverse mortgage programs have now made it more likely for homeowners to maintain their lifestyle after retirement, and even will their property to heirs. Children of Boomers are expected to work even longer into retirement age, without relying on support from Social Security decades from now. Many believe the program will no longer be solvent at the time they would hope to draw from it. Gunn believes these future retirees will turn to self-directed funds or some form of insurance to cover expenses once they stop working. John Cunnison believes Social Security will still be available for future generations. As a senior portfolio manager for Baker Boyer bank in Walla Walla, Cunnison suggested, “Minor tweaks could have major impact in the system’s solvency over the next 30 to 50 years.” Cunnison can run financial plans for clients that factor in the prospect of a retirement with Social Security income, or without. He said most Boomers he works with are not solely reliant on Social Security and have some outside assets, which is why they seek financial advice. It’s the form of advice Chick never received when he first started working in TV news in 1975, with an annual salary of $8,500. More than 40 years later, he said he’s comfortable relying on his Social Security contributions for the income he lives on today. “I probably spend more money on my cats at the grocery store than I do on myself,” he said.

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Kennewick Senior Center

500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick • 509-585-4303 All activities are at the Kennewick Senior Center unless otherwise listed. For more information, call 509-5854303. • Bunco: 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. • Casual Woodcarving: Bring your supplies or borrow from the class. 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: 75 cents. 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost: $1. • Woodcarving Techniques: 9 a.m.

to noon Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. • Dominoes: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Party Bridge: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost 50 cents per day. • Bridge Tournament: Second Sunday of each month, 2 to 6 p.m. Cost: $1. RSVP 509-586-3349. • Pinochle: 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $1 per day. • Chinese Mahjong: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Clay Sculpting: Bring your own supplies and projects. 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $1 per day. • Sewing: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Needle Art: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursdays. Cost: $2 per day. • Indoor Walking: 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. Location: Southridge Sports Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. • Hair Cuts & Clips: Hair cuts provided by Pam Eggers. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 9 to 11 a.m. by appointment only. Cost $1. Call 509-585-4303.

First Avenue Center 505 N. First Ave., Pasco • 509-545-3459

Most of Pasco’s senior services programs take place at the First Avenue Center at 505 N. First Ave., near the Amtrak station behind City Hall, unless otherwise listed. • Basin Wood Carvers: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • Bridge: 9 a.m. to noon Thursday. Cost: 50 cents per day. • China Painting: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Cost: Free. Location: Pasco City Hall Classroom 3, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. Bring your own project and supplies. • Cribbage: 1 to 3 p.m.

Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: Free. • Drop-In Snooker: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. • Mexican Train Dominoes: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • Pinochle: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: Free. • Wavemakers Aqua Fit: Class for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, muscle weakness, those who use a cane or a walker and anyone who loves the pool. Location: Oasis Physical Therapy,

6825 Burden Blvd., Suite D, Pasco. This class if offered on various days/ times. Call 509-545-3456 to register. • Enhance Fitness (40+): Class focuses on stretching, balance, low impact aerobics and strength training. 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $33 for residents, $41 for others. No class May 29. Call 509-545-3456 to register. Location: Pasco City Hall Activity Center, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. • Happy Feet program (60+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed,

registered nurse. By appointment 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Cost: Free with suggested donation of $12 to $15 per person. Call 509-545-3459. • Foot Care for Adults (18+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse. By appointment only, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $30. Call 509-545-3459. • Advanced Planning for End of Life Class: Einan’s at Sunset funeral home will lead you through the process of end of life planning. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16. Cost: Free.

Richland Community Center

500 Amon Drive, Richland • 509-942-7529 All activities are at the Richland Community Center unless otherwise listed. For more information, call 509942-7529. • American Mahjong: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Cribbage: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Billiards: 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $2 per day. Location: pool room. • Golden Age Pinochle: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Duplicate Bridge: Noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game

room. • Party Bridge: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Dominoes: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Bridge Buddies: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1. Location: game room. • ACBL Bridge: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Cost: $1. Location: game room. • Greeting Card Recycling: 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Cost: free. Location: meeting room. • RSA Dance: Third Friday of the

month, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $6 per person. Location: Riverview room. • International Folk Dancing: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays (location: Riverview room) and 6 to 9 p.m. the first Saturday of the month for a potluck and dancing (location: activity room). • Fitness Room: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $2 per day or $8 per month. Location: Fitness room. • Foot Care for Fabulous Feet: Have a licensed registered nurse specializing in geriatrics care for your feet. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $30. Location: wellness room. Call 509-942-7529 for an appointment.

West Richland Senior Center 616 N. 60th, West Richland 509-967-2847 Repairs planned at the West Richland Senior Center this month mean the activity schedule has not been finalized. For updates, call Mike Striefel at 509-713-3867.


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CLUB, From page 2 Annual dues are $15. Members might have to kick in a few bucks for gas on some activities, or for using the club’s kayaks. People who aren’t sure about joining are welcome to try one or two events before committing. If interested, just fill out the application to join at, then mail the form and the $15 dues to Fun, Fit & Over Fifty Club, PO Box 41, Richland, WA 99352. Nolan said that the club’s big draw is the club calendar on the website. In May, the club has 31 scheduled activities, not including a 10-day hiking trip through Utah’s state parks, a

paddle trip on the John Day River, and an RV trip to Clarkston. There are usually two hikes and two bike rides a week, a weekly kayak outing, a walk along the river every other week, a monthly book discussion and a monthly happy hour. “The big social events are fall and Christmas potluck parties, and a summer get-together,” Nolan said. On a recent Tuesday morning, 32 club members – one of the club’s larger sub-groups that included Nolan — hiked up Badger Mountain from the Dallas Road trailhead. Chiaramonte was the hike leader, though some of the slower members started out ahead of the group, with

Thank You Tri-Cities!

We would like to thank the exhibitors and the many hundreds of seniors, family members and caregivers who attended our Spring Senior Times Expo held April 18. Congratulations to the winners of “Hunt for the Treasure” Winners will be notified by phone or email.

• Albertsons gift cards - Connie A. & Jim C. • Mint & Candy Basket (Amada Senior Care) - Jim S. • Tour of Hanford History Projects (B Reactor Museum Association Virginia F. • Barnes & Noble gift card - Vickie B. • Picnic Basket with goodies (Becker Retirement Group) - Marlene B. • Zip bag with water bottles (Ben Franklin Transit) - Mike W. • Tool Set (Columbia Memorial Chapel & Gardens) - William M. • $250 Help-U-Move certificate Raquel H. • Wood Cutting Board (Kay Lehmann, Realtor) - Bille R.

• Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre tickets for a 2017-2018 event Rennae R., Shirley J., William P. & Mary H. • Goodie Basket (Senior Life Resources/Meals on Wheels) - Don and Terry B. • $50 certificate for delivery services (Tri-Cities Delivered Goods) Dorthy B. & Sheila S. • Wine Basket (Beltone Northwest) Jeff R. • Four Tri-City Dust Devils Tickets David S. • Starbucks gift card - Lottie J. • Target gift card - Renee P.

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Chiaramonte in the middle of the pack. “One of the people my husband worked with told us how fun it was to be in the club,” Chiaramonte said. “We were getting ready to retire and we wanted to make friends. It allowed us to do something in the outdoors. I just fell in love with it. Our group does it all year round.” Chiaramonte’s group spent almost an hour ascending the two miles to the top of Badger. They stayed atop long enough to take a group picture, then immediately journeyed the two miles down to the parking lot, where almost every one of them got into their vehicles and drove to the nearby Country Mercantile for coffee and some socializing. Bill Lampton joined the club a year ago because of the hiking. “I do it first for the exercise,” he said on the way back down the mountain. “But it’s also great to look at the flowers up here, too.” And he’s made new friends, joining

his fellow hikers for coffee afterwards. Nolan says that’s typical. “There is a social aspect of every activity,” she said. “Personally, I get the incentive to be more active than I would be otherwise. And I’ve made a whole lot of new friends. It’s really nice.” Chiaramonte, who is a widow now, said the group is important to her. “I do it for the fresh air, the exercise, to keep fit, and the camaraderie,” she said. “It’s a social thing. We usually walk in pairs, and we learn a lot about each other. It’s a very diverse group. A real relaxed group. A very educated group. Many of these people worked out at Hanford.” And in her hiking sub-group, these people have become her friends. “Friendship. You know you can count on these people if you need to be helped out. The friendship and camaraderie is it for me,” Chiaramonte said. “I have more friends now than I ever did with the people I worked with.”

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Meals on Wheels May menu Meals on Wheels is a program of Senior Life Resources Northwest and is supported by donations. For those 60 and over the suggested donation is $2.75 per meal. Meals may be purchased by those under 60 for $7.15. Menu substitutions may occur. For reservations, call between 9 a.m. and noon the day before your selected meal. For reservations in Richland, call 509-943-0779; Kennewick 509-585-4241; Pasco 509-543-5706; Parkside 509-5452169; Benton City 509-588-3094; Prosser 509-786-1148; and Connell 509-234-0766. The Senior Dining Café serves soups, sandwiches and salads without a reservation. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The café is located at 1834 Fowler St. in Richland and can be reached by calling 509-736-0045. • Thursday, May 4: Pork roast with gravy, roasted sweet potatoes, english pea salad, bread and peanut butter cookies. • Friday, May 5: Meatloaf and gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, Brussel sprouts, wheat roll and a

cherry oat bar. • Monday, May 8: Rosemary chicken, mushroom sauce, fluffy rice, seasoned broccoli, wheat roll and an oatmeal cookie. • Tuesday, May 9: Chicken enchilada casserole, refried beans, Spanish rice, seasoned corn and fresh watermelon cubes. • Wednesday, May 10: Smothered pork chop, roasted sweet potatoes, sweet dill peas, wheat roll and chocolate chip cookies. • Thursday, May 11: Lemon pepper cod, herbed potatoes, honey glazed baby carrots, bread and blueberry and cherry crisp. • Friday, May 12: Hamburger on bun, baked beans, coleslaw, lettuce, tomato, onion and fresh fruit. • Monday, May 15: Swedish meatballs, seasoned egg noodles, seasoned brocolli, bread and chilled pears. • Tuesday, May 16: Tuna pasta salad, three bean salad, crackers, peaches and yogurt with berries. • Wednesday, May 17: Roast turkey with gravy, parslied potatoes, pea and cheese salad, wheat roll and a brownie. • Thursday, May 18: Spinach lasagna, seasoned green beans, carrot raisin salad, breadstick and apple crisp. • Friday, May 19: Birthday Day!

Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, Italian vegetables, wheat roll and ice cream. • Monday, May 22: Herbed chicken, au gratin potatoes, peas and carrots, bread and chilled pears. • Tuesday, May 23: Beef stir fry, steamed rice, baby lima beans, wheat roll and a cinnamon roll. • Wednesday, May 24: Baked cod with dill sauce, oven roasted potatoes, cucumber dill salad, bread and a cranberry oat bar. • Thursday, May 25: Beef stroganoff, garlic noodles, Brussel sprouts, wheat roll and cottage cheese with pineapple. • Friday, May 26: Barbecue pork

sandwich, baked beans, confetti coleslaw, fresh melon cubes and apricot crisp. • Monday, May 29: Closed for Memorial Day. • Tuesday, May 30: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, glazed baby carrots, bread and raspberry sorbet. • Wednesday, May 31: Harvest apple pork chop, fluffy rice, baby lima beans, apple cabbage slaw and a cranberry oat bar. For more information about Senior Life Resources Northwest visit

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